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Obesity: The Welfare Regime Hypothesis

A conference held in Oxford in November 2009, with financial support from the British Academy, considered the hypothesis that obesity rates are influenced by social welfare regimes, and have risen more in market-liberal than in social-democratic societies. Professor Avner Offer FBA, Dr Rachel Pechey and Professor Stanley Ulijaszek explain the hypothesis, and report some provisional findings from research conducted since the conference.

• Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey and Stanley Ulijaszek

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, No. 15 (March 2010).